Freedom of religion

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2018, file photo, Dr. Shahid Shafi, speaks before members of the State Republican Executive Committee, following a vote in favor of resolution that opposes an effort by the Tarrant County Republican Party (TCRP) to remove him as vice chair because of his religion, during the committee's quarterly meeting on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Austin. (Amanda Voisard/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
January 10, 2019 - 10:08 pm
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Republicans in one of the most populous counties in Texas voted Thursday to keep a Muslim doctor as their party vice chairman following infighting over some members' claims about his beliefs. The executive committee of the Tarrant County Republican Party voted 139-49 to...
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Pope Francis delivers his message during the Urbi et Orbi (Latin for 'to the city and to the world' ) Christmas' day blessing from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
December 25, 2018 - 7:43 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis offered a Christmas wish for fraternity among people of different nations, cultures, faiths, races or ideas, describing the world's differences as a richness, not a danger, and championing the rights of religious minorities. His plea Tuesday for stronger bonds among...
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FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to members of the media at the Capitol in Washington. The Trump administration has placed Pakistan on its list of worst offenders for nations that infringe on religious freedom. Pompeo says he added Pakistan to its list of “countries of particular concern” regarding protection for people to worship according to their beliefs. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
December 12, 2018 - 12:21 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Wednesday condemned a U.S. decision to add it to a list of nations that infringe on religious freedom, calling the move "unilateral and politically motivated." Secretary of State Mike Pompeo added Pakistan to the U.S. list of "countries of particular concern" regarding...
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In this May 21, 2018, photo, a man walks into the Zion church in Beijing. China's government is ratcheting up a crackdown on Christian congregations in Beijing and several provinces, destroying crosses, burning bibles, shutting churches and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith, according to pastors and a group that monitors religion in China. In Beijing, the Zion church was shut on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 by around 60 government workers who arrived at 4:30 p.m. accompanied by buses, police cars and fire trucks, the church's pastor, Ezra Jin Mingri, said Monday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
September 10, 2018 - 2:20 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's government is ratcheting up a crackdown on Christian congregations in Beijing and several provinces, destroying crosses, burning bibles, shutting churches and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith, according to pastors and a group that monitors religion in...
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President Donald Trump, center, greets people as he arrives to speak during a dinner for evangelical leaders in the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 27, 2018 - 7:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the government's "attacks on communities of faith" are over as he hosts a dinner celebrating evangelical Christian leaders at the White House. Trump says the government in recent years has tried to undermine religious freedom, but those days are over...
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Dozens line Interstate 17 as they wait for the procession with the hearse carrying the late Arizona Sen. John McCain, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Anthem, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
August 26, 2018 - 9:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of Sen. John McCain (all times local): 5:15 p.m. Plans are coming together for services and other events to honor the late Sen. John McCain over the next week. Those involved in planning McCain's farewell say the Arizona Republican will lie in state in the...
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July 31, 2018 - 2:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Washington is siding with transportation officials in a dispute about the transit agency's decision to reject an ad from the Roman Catholic Church. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday. The Archdiocese of...
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions, left, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, listen to remarks during a Religious Liberty Summit at the Department of Justice, Monday, July 30, 2018. Sessions says there’s a “dangerous movement” to erode protections for Americans to worship and believe as they choose. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
July 30, 2018 - 4:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — American culture has become "less hospitable to people of faith," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday in vowing that the Justice Department would protect people's religious freedom and convictions. Sessions spoke at a Justice Department summit on religious tolerance at a...
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In this July 25, 2018 photo, Andrew Craig Brunson, an evangelical pastor from Black Mountain, North Carolina, arrives at his house in Izmir, Turkey. Brunson, who had been jailed in Turkey for more than one and a half years on terror and espionage charges was released and will be put under house arrest as his trial continues. The White House is announcing that the Treasury Department is imposing sanctions on two Turkish officials over a detained American pastor who is being tried on espionage and terror-related charges. (AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)
July 26, 2018 - 7:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared on Thursday the United States will impose sanctions on Turkey, a crucial NATO ally, in retaliation for the detention of an American pastor on terror and espionage charges. Turkey's response was both harsh and dismissive, calling his words "...
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